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A Hero's Journey: Likhaan Stories Series

ABS-CBN Foundation
January 18, 2022

Mentors

Carla M. Pacis

Carla M. Pacis is a teacher, writer and painter. She was a faculty member of the Literature Department of De La Salle University and of the Department of English and Comparative Literature of the University of the Philippines. She has written many books for children and young adults, some of which have won awards, and has published several scholarly essays on literature, food and history. In retirement, she has begun a new career as a book packager. 

Carla lives in a cottage in Laguna with her three fur babies Tobi, Rosy and Bouncy where she also practices the art of gardening in her small garden that is always a work-in-progress. 

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Chichi F. Lizot

Having lived in 16 homes in 6 different continents, Chichi has noticed that no matter our diversity, we all thirst for just one thing: Kindness.

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Erlinda Enriquez Panlilio

Following her retirement from the family business of hotels and restaurants, Erlinda Enriquez Panlilio went back to the University of the Philippines from where she had obtained her B.S.H.E—Foods & Nutrition 35 years earlier, to work for an M.A. in Creative Writing, which she got in 2000. Part of her thesis became the book, Teacher to Tycoon: The Life and Times of Trinidad Diaz Enriquez, awarded Best Biography by the Manila Critics Circle in the National Book Awards of 2001. 

In 2009, Linda’s essay won 2nd prize in the Nonfiction category of the much-coveted Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.

Apart from writing, Linda is also a visual artist, having exhibited her oil paintings at the Ayala Museum and at the Hotel Intercontinental lobby. She is a collector of antique oriental ceramics and served as past president for two terms of the Oriental Ceramic Society of the Philippines. 

She speaks Spanish, French, Italian, and some Japanese.

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Ging M. Gonzales

Gizela (“Ging”) M. Gonzalez is a lawyer, businesswoman, and volunteer worker. A mother of three, she is also the author of Where the Children Are, a book about children in the Philippines.

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Reina T. Cruz

A graduate of Wellesley College and the Rhode Island School of Design, Reina Cruz is a writer, artist, wife and mother of three kids and a cat. Her recent paintings appeared in a group show at The Drawing Room Manila in July 2021. 

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Rhona L. Macasaet

Rhona L. Macasaet writes fiction and essays, which have been featured in anthologies (nominated for the National Book Awards) and various publications. She was also editor or co-editor of a couple of these anthologies and has also been commissioned to do editing work on memoirs and other literary projects. She is currently president of Likhaan Creative Writing Foundation, which raises funds for scholars, teacher training, and the overall promotion of literature and literacy through poetry events like Wordello and the Peeping Tom Salon.

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Risa Regala-Garcia

Risa Regala-Garcia is a longtime magazine feature writer whose keen powers of observation and detailed memory bank give readers a multisensory experience of having been in a place or met a person for themselves through the images she evokes. Mother to two college-aged boys and wife to a husband who flexed his cooking skills during the pandemic, Risa is also a domestic diva whose practical kitchen sense and a wide repertoire of dishes make her a sought-after cooking teacher for beginners of all ages.

Risa is an avid memoir writer trained under luminaries like Jing Hidalgo, Randy Bustamante, and Rofel Brion. Her pieces are in the anthologies Art and Soul and Turning Points: Women in Transit.

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Literon Lulugayan Falls and Ecovillage Service Cooperative (LLESCO)
Abegail Cabansan 
Bella Malubay 

San Juan by the Bay Service Cooperative (SJBSC)
Ruth Estojero 

Tenani Association for Women and Development (TAWAD)
Elizabeth Doza
Marissa Gabiana
April Jane Cani

Tourguides and Boat Operators for River Protection and Environmental Development Organization (TORPEDO)
Eugene Igdalino 

Samahan ng Mangingisdang Matatag at Responsabli sa Tarong (SMMART)
Aleanna Marie Pancho
Reynilda Partida
Jonie Pancho 

Nakaurosa nga Sabang on Katinglingban Service Cooperative (NASAKASECO) 
Josephine Dumaguit
Ronald Abasola
Carmelita Pogenio 

Kaugop han Pag-uswag ngan mga Waraynon Service Cooperative (KAPAWASECO) 
Bernice Medino
Joshua Lebosta 
Ledilita Puda